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Table 4 Comparison of ultrasound devices in terms of parameter measured, reliability, correlation with clinical score and cost

From: A systematic review of objective burn scar measurements

Device Company Parameter Intra-rater reliability Inter-rater reliability Correlation with clinical score Cost Portability References
Dermascan C (2D) Cortex Thickness (2D) ICC = 0.91–0.93 ICC = 0.90–0.91 Modified VSS and ultrasound thickness: Spearman's r = 0.41–0.50 £15,000–20,000 Yes Nedelec et al. 2008 [30, 106].
Dermalab USB (2D) Cortex Thickness (2D) ICC = 0.92–0.97 ICC = 0.86–0.98 No data <£10,000 Yes Gankande et al. 2014 [6].
Dermascan C (3D) Cortex Thickness (3D) No data No data No data £30,000–40,000 Yes N/a
Tissue ultrasound palpation system Biomedical Ultrasonic Solutions Thickness (2D) ICC = 0.98 ICC = 0.84 Spearman Correlation of 0.42 between VSS thickness score and TUPS measurement (p < 0.01), and r = 0.34 (p < 0.01) between VSS total score and TUPS. Not currently commercially available. Yes Lau et al. 2005 [103].
  1. 2D = two-dimensional; 3D = three-dimensional; ICC = intra-class correlation coefficient; VSS = Vancouver Scar Scale; TUPS = Tissue Ultrasound Palpation System